Raising awareness of organ donation

NHS TAYSIDE is supporting National Transplant Week (July 4-10) to highlight the importance of making a lasting record of your wishes should the unthinkable happen.

Nurses working in the field of organ donation are hosting an awareness stand at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Perth Royal Infirmary throughout the week. They will be on hand to speak to members of the public about organ donation, answer any questions they may have and hand out campaign materials such as information leaflets.

The theme of this year’s National Transplant Week campaign is ‘What are you waiting for?’ to show the anxious and uncertain wait by patients needing an organ transplant.

Various events are happening across the UK during National Transplant Week to promote just how successful transplants are and how crucial it is that people discuss their wishes with those closest to them.

NHS Tayside Vice-chairman Murray Petrie, who co-chairs the health board’s Donation Committee said: “We commend the people of Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross who have signed up to the Organ Donor Register, causing the numbers of people in Tayside now listed to soar to 41%. There are now around 158,200 people in Tayside signed up to the Organ Donor Register, which is well above the national average of 37%.

“However, we must continue to do all that we can to raise awareness of the issues surrounding organ donation, as three people die in the UK every day waiting for a transplant, resulting in over 1,000 deaths every year. Today more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their life. Most are waiting for a kidney, others for a heart, lung or liver transplant.

“One donor can save or transform up to nine lives and many more can be helped through the donation of tissues.

“As we have seen in numerous cases that have been publicised in the press and media, organ donation really is the gift of life and makes a drastic difference to those in need.”

If you believe in organ donation, prove it. Register now at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.